California Health and Human Services

Month: November 2018

Remarks by Secretary Michael Wilkening at Office of National Coordinator 2018 Annual Meeting

Washington, D.C. (Delivered November 30, 2018) – About 14 million people get services from the various departments that we have. We have a $160 billion dollar budget and about 30,000 staff. California is a state that runs most of its social services programs through the counties. The 30,000 does not include the county staff, who …

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Improving Program and Service Delivery Through the Health & Human Services Program Dashboard

By: Michael Wilkening and Patrick Delaney In recent years, the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) has fostered a culture of data driven innovation among its 12 departments. By removing barriers to data sharing, encouraging interdepartmental collaboration, and using existing data sources to produce business intelligence, we can improve program outreach, service delivery, and …

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Cleaning Up Wildfire Ash Safely: CDPH Recommends Ways to Avoid Potential Health Hazards

SACRAMENTO – California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today advised residents of recent burn areas to use caution in cleaning up ash from wildfires. The ash from trees burned in forest fires is relatively nontoxic and similar to ash that might be found in your fireplace. …

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Secretary Michael Wilkening Remarks at Code for America’s Convening on The Future of Digital Government in California: Lessons Learned and The Path Forward

San Francisco, CA. (Delivered November 15, 2018) – When I began my tenure at the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) 10 years ago, we had two Undersecretaries and I made certain that IT was not in my portfolio. I found IT procurement to be soul crushing—it is outdated, frustrating and confusing. I also …

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CDPH Recommends Stay Indoors and Reduce Outdoor Activity To Avoid Wildfire Smoke Inhalation

SACRAMENTO – California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today advised residents where wildfires have been burning, along with people in the smoke’s path, to stay indoors and reduce outdoor activity. “Smoke from wildfires can cause eye and lung irritation. Breathing smoke can also make asthma symptoms …

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